Will it be back to the drawing board, as if the raging battles of 2009 and 2010 never happened? Don’t forget, Candidate Barack Obama campaigned for the public option during the 2008 election. He took it off the table as soon as he got elected and the hardcore negotiations got underway.
But the public option was a popular idea during the 2008 election season. If the 2,000-page Affordable Care Act gets overturned, maybe the public option will come back into favor.
Even better than the public option, there could be a slight adjustment to Medicare: Make Medicare available to EVERYONE, not just people over 65. Presto! Single Payer, just like every other industrialized country in the world except us.
Or maybe we’ll go back to the good old days when insurance companies could turn you down because of your pre-existing condition, and/or your HMO could cancel your medical coverage AFTER you’ve already accumulated $800,000 worth of hospital bills.